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Rank the SeaWorld Orlando coasters

Matt N

Well-Known Member
Hi guys. SeaWorld Orlando is arguably one of the most iconic theme parks in Florida, and many of us have been there. So as I’m in a mood where I really miss Florida at the moment, I thought it might be fun to rank the park’s coasters; even though the park is not really known for its roller coasters, it arguably has one of the more respectable selections in Florida, and we haven’t had a good ranking thread in a while! Before I post my own ranking, I should point out that since becoming an enthusiast, I have visited SeaWorld once in August 2016, and barring Mako which I had 3 rides on, I only had 1 ride on each of the coasters. Also, when I give a coaster a rating out of 10, it’s on an overall spectrum of enjoyment, and in terms of position in my overall ranking, I have ridden 72 coasters in total. Anyway, before I ramble on too much, I’ll get the ball rolling with my personal ranking:
  1. Mako: It just had to be top, didn’t it? My 3 rides on Mako, back in August 2016, are still my favourite and most memorable coaster rides of all time, and I can say that with almost total certainty, despite how indecisive I am! I won’t go into too much detail, as you’ve all heard me gush about Mako enough by now, but in summary; loose lap bar + 13 year old who’s never ridden a B&M hyper before = WOW! The airtime is phenomenal, the ride is smooth and comfortable, it packs decent forces without being too intense; what’s not to love? I know B&M hypers are not necessarily a highly received ride type these days on the whole, but Mako is without a doubt the most fun I’ve ever had on a coaster, even nearly 4 years after my first ride! 10/10, #1 in overall rankings
  2. Kraken: Considering I’d mostly read negative reviews of it leading up to my visits to SeaWorld, I did not have overly high expectations of Kraken. But I rode it in the back row, and I was really pleasantly surprised! The ride had very good g-forces without necessarily being too intense to enjoy, I thought it kept its pace really well, I thought it was a lot smoother than reviews implied, and on the whole, I thought it was a very fun coaster; such a pleasant surprise! 9/10, #9 in overall rankings
  3. Manta: Now, Manta was unfortunately the polar opposite of Kraken in that I had high expectations for it and was somewhat underwhelmed, although I don’t necessarily think that that was the ride’s fault. Going in, I only really had Galactica at Alton Towers to go off of in terms of what I should have expected it to ride like, but I had read many rave reviews, saying things like “best coaster in Florida, easily” and I was told that it “annihilated Galactica in every conceivable category” (well, not necessarily told, but that was certainly the impression I got from reading reviews and comparisons between the different B&M flyers). Combine that with the fact that I do enjoy Galactica quite a lot, and I was naturally very excited. However, after my back row ride, I had a very controversial opinion of Manta; I honestly came off preferring Galactica, and by some distance. Now don’t get me wrong, I thought Manta was a good coaster, and it certainly lived up to the “Galactica on steroids” billing in intensity terms, but my praise didn’t extend much further than that. I can quite easily pinpoint the reason for this, and this is why I said that my disappointment wasn’t the ride’s fault; I found the pretzel loop way too intense to enjoy, and I didn’t think the rest of the layout was remarkable enough to make me love it. The swoopy bits were nice, and I enjoyed them, but I honestly think Galactica’s layout did more for me on the whole, and I actually found it quite rattly in comparison to Galactica. However, I should stress that my disappointment in Manta was probably more down to my intensity tolerance; if you like really intense coasters, you’ll love Manta. 6/10, #31 in overall rankings
  4. Journey to Atlantis: Now, I think that Journey to Atlantis is not a bad family attraction by any stretch, but I wasn’t overly enamoured with it in comparison to other family coasters I’ve done. The theming is very nice and really sets a nice scene for the attraction (I should point out that I rode before the refurbishment and edited storyline), with lots to look at and a very clear storyline. However, I wasn’t a huge lover of the ride system itself, as I was pretty much dry getting off and the coaster section wasn’t overly extensive (and I also thought it was a tad rough around the edges). Although having said that, I still liked it as far as family coasters go, and I’m being overly harsh on it with it being the prototype water coaster; it paved the way for many fantastic-looking attractions! 4/10 (but not a bad family coaster by any means), #50 in overall rankings
So, that’s my SWO coaster ranking! I think that the park has a very respectable coaster selection on the whole, and it only looks set to improve in the future; the ride selection looks to have improved substantially since I last went in 2016! Speaking of the rides I haven’t ridden, I wouldn’t like to think too much about where they’d go, but if I had to guess, I’d probably say that Box Car Derby would almost definitely be last, potentially second to last at a push, and Ice Breaker would probably be 2nd or 3rd. I wouldn’t like to guess too heavily, however.

But how do you rank SeaWorld Orlando’s coaster selection?
 

Kw6sTheater

Member
Hi guys. SeaWorld Orlando is arguably one of the most iconic theme parks in Florida, and many of us have been there. So as I’m in a mood where I really miss Florida at the moment, I thought it might be fun to rank the park’s coasters; even though the park is not really known for its roller coasters, it arguably has one of the more respectable selections in Florida, and we haven’t had a good ranking thread in a while! Before I post my own ranking, I should point out that since becoming an enthusiast, I have visited SeaWorld once in August 2016, and barring Mako which I had 3 rides on, I only had 1 ride on each of the coasters. Also, when I give a coaster a rating out of 10, it’s on an overall spectrum of enjoyment, and in terms of position in my overall ranking, I have ridden 72 coasters in total. Anyway, before I ramble on too much, I’ll get the ball rolling with my personal ranking:
  1. Mako: It just had to be top, didn’t it? My 3 rides on Mako, back in August 2016, are still my favourite and most memorable coaster rides of all time, and I can say that with almost total certainty, despite how indecisive I am! I won’t go into too much detail, as you’ve all heard me gush about Mako enough by now, but in summary; loose lap bar + 13 year old who’s never ridden a B&M hyper before = WOW! The airtime is phenomenal, the ride is smooth and comfortable, it packs decent forces without being too intense; what’s not to love? I know B&M hypers are not necessarily a highly received ride type these days on the whole, but Mako is without a doubt the most fun I’ve ever had on a coaster, even nearly 4 years after my first ride! 10/10, #1 in overall rankings
  2. Kraken: Considering I’d mostly read negative reviews of it leading up to my visits to SeaWorld, I did not have overly high expectations of Kraken. But I rode it in the back row, and I was really pleasantly surprised! The ride had very good g-forces without necessarily being too intense to enjoy, I thought it kept its pace really well, I thought it was a lot smoother than reviews implied, and on the whole, I thought it was a very fun coaster; such a pleasant surprise! 9/10, #9 in overall rankings
  3. Manta: Now, Manta was unfortunately the polar opposite of Kraken in that I had high expectations for it and was somewhat underwhelmed, although I don’t necessarily think that that was the ride’s fault. Going in, I only really had Galactica at Alton Towers to go off of in terms of what I should have expected it to ride like, but I had read many rave reviews, saying things like “best coaster in Florida, easily” and I was told that it “annihilated Galactica in every conceivable category” (well, not necessarily told, but that was certainly the impression I got from reading reviews and comparisons between the different B&M flyers). Combine that with the fact that I do enjoy Galactica quite a lot, and I was naturally very excited. However, after my back row ride, I had a very controversial opinion of Manta; I honestly came off preferring Galactica, and by some distance. Now don’t get me wrong, I thought Manta was a good coaster, and it certainly lived up to the “Galactica on steroids” billing in intensity terms, but my praise didn’t extend much further than that. I can quite easily pinpoint the reason for this, and this is why I said that my disappointment wasn’t the ride’s fault; I found the pretzel loop way too intense to enjoy, and I didn’t think the rest of the layout was remarkable enough to make me love it. The swoopy bits were nice, and I enjoyed them, but I honestly think Galactica’s layout did more for me on the whole, and I actually found it quite rattly in comparison to Galactica. However, I should stress that my disappointment in Manta was probably more down to my intensity tolerance; if you like really intense coasters, you’ll love Manta. 6/10, #31 in overall rankings
  4. Journey to Atlantis: Now, I think that Journey to Atlantis is not a bad family attraction by any stretch, but I wasn’t overly enamoured with it in comparison to other family coasters I’ve done. The theming is very nice and really sets a nice scene for the attraction (I should point out that I rode before the refurbishment and edited storyline), with lots to look at and a very clear storyline. However, I wasn’t a huge lover of the ride system itself, as I was pretty much dry getting off and the coaster section wasn’t overly extensive (and I also thought it was a tad rough around the edges). Although having said that, I still liked it as far as family coasters go, and I’m being overly harsh on it with it being the prototype water coaster; it paved the way for many fantastic-looking attractions! 4/10 (but not a bad family coaster by any means), #50 in overall rankings
So, that’s my SWO coaster ranking! I think that the park has a very respectable coaster selection on the whole, and it only looks set to improve in the future; the ride selection looks to have improved substantially since I last went in 2016! Speaking of the rides I haven’t ridden, I wouldn’t like to think too much about where they’d go, but if I had to guess, I’d probably say that Box Car Derby would almost definitely be last, potentially second to last at a push, and Ice Breaker would probably be 2nd or 3rd. I wouldn’t like to guess too heavily, however.

But how do you rank SeaWorld Orlando’s coaster selection?
1. Mako
2. Manta
3. Kraken

I'm not sure if I rode Super Grover's Box Car Derby back when it was Shamu Express or not, so I haven't counted it as a credit and won't count it in this list.
 

Hutch

Well-Known Member
1. Mako - My favorite B&M hyper. While it follows a pretty rudimentary hyper layout, the way it rides is what makes it remarkable. With no seatbelts and a loose lap bar, you can get amazing floater on some hills that will keep you out of your seat for up to 5 seconds at a time. Not to mention the first drop in the back row is one of my favorites.

2. Manta - This is actually my 3rd favorite in Florida after Mako and Montu. I've yet to do a flyer more intense than this, but regardless of that the layout still holds up. Love the pretzel loop, has some fun rolls, and lovely interaction throughout.

3. Kraken - I used to really like this but my most recent ride wasn't the best, due a pretty noticeable rattle. Apparently they've taken great care of it since then, so I'm hopeful it rides well as it does have a pretty solid, if standard layout.

4. Journey to Atlantis - Great water ride, and the surprise coaster section makes it pretty special. But it just doesn't stand a chance when matching up with the big three.

5. Shamu Express - It's a +1.
 

Howie

Active Member
1. Kraken. Good coaster, no complaints here.
2. Journey to Atlantis. Rode it once, 17 years ago. Meh.

Here endeth my experience of SeaWorld Orlando coasters.
 
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